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Former Colts GM: Chiefs shouldn’t force a QB into the No. 1 pick

Updated: 2013-03-07T22:48:03Z


The Kansas City Star

— Former Colts general manager Bill Polian is making the rounds today at the NFL Scouting Combine. He wouldn’t venture into a discussion about which player the Chiefs should select with the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft.

“Ask Andy,” he said, referring to new Chiefs coach Andy Reid. “They know their personnel far better than I do and they know what they need.”

But Polian, who ran the Colts’ draft in 1998 when they selected Peyton Manning with the first pick, was clear on what the Chiefs shouldn’t do: force the need for a quarterback. Like many assessing this year’s draft, Polian said there’s not a quarterback worthy of being the No. 1 selection.

“Just because there’s not a quarterback that everybody now doesn’t think is worth the No. 1 pick doesn’t mean you can’t get a quarterback,” Polian said. “Nobody thought Russell Wilson was worth a third-round pick except a couple of us. He turned out to be a pretty good quarterback.

“You always go for the best player. It’s foolish to go for need and Andy won’t do that.”

When Reid coached in Philadelphia, the Eagles found quarterbacks after the first round who eventually became starters, including Kevin Kolb and Nick Foles.

“Nobody develops quarterbacks better than Andy Reid,” Polian said. “So rest assured you’ve got the right guy. Whatever decision he makes will be the right one. He’ll find a quarterback. It doesn’t need to be the first guy in the draft.”

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